Dear CSA and CSB members,
This week our CSB or Community Supported Bouquet program begins! Our CSB is just like our CSA but instead of vegetables you get bouquets. Here at Vibrant Valley Farm we grow hundreds of different flowers including statice, stock, mignonette, dahlias and snapdragons. They come in all sorts of colors, shapes and heights for mixing and matching to build dynamic bouquets.
Our flowers are grown in rows of their own and interspersed with other vegetable crops to add biodiversity and natural pest control. Flowers like sweet alyssum, sunflowers, calendula and marigolds attract and feed beneficial insects that battle pests helping to create a more healthful and diverse ecosystem on the farm.
In our fourth season, our flower program has expanded to include delivering all over the Portland metro area including many New Seasons locations, local florists, local flower shops and CSB locations. We also do tons of weddings and events; offering buckets of flowers and arrangements. Check out our website!
Not only are local flowers important to the health and beauty of our farm they are also important to the health of our local economy. Most flowers in your grocery stores today are from abroad, mainly Ecuador and Columbia. Those of us concerned about our carbon footprints and the miles our food travels often don’t even think about it in terms of flowers. About 75% of flowers found in the U.S. are imported from Latin America.
Free trade agreements and the first world’s thirst for cheap flowers have destroyed food sovereignty and communities in what are now flower producing countries. Due to these trade agreements and the subsequent opportunity for massive profits by concentrating a labor intensive industry where labor can be most effectively exploited, historically subsistence farmers are often forced to grow cheap flowers reliant on pesticides, monoculture practices, and child and slave labor. The pesticides used on most imported flowers have been known to cause an array of life threatening diseases and ailments for the workers who handle them. They are literally dunked in liquid preservatives to allow for their long journeys around the world. Because of this influx of low priced flowers almost 60% of flower farms in the U.S. have gone out of business since 1992. Check out Amy Stewart’s book titled Flower Confidential for more information.
We thank you for supporting the beauty and creativity the flowers provide us and are excited to bring you ecologically and responsibly grown flowers every week!
IN THIS WEEK'S BOUQUET:
- Sweet peas
- Flax pods
- Liatris spicata
IN THIS WEEK'S BOX:
- Arugula bunches
- Salad mix
- Caraflex cabbage